Divad’s Soundtrack #65: November-December 2006

When I look back on the final closing months of 2006, I remember feeling cold on the outside, but warm on the outside. That’s because the two cover images I chose for these mixes were from outdoor activities in the late autumn weather, in places that had both become meaningful to me many years before, but that I was now experiencing with a newer group of friends. 2006 was one of my favorite years all the way through to the end, and I felt a sense of peace about the holidays arriving that year, which isn’t a normal thing for me. The holidays weren’t without their moments of upheaval – my uncle Dean passed away just before Thanksgiving, and it took us over a month to coordinate with folks so that we could hold a memorial service. But there were also happy family memories, as Christine and I got to have her parents and my mom together for Thanksgiving for the first time, and we adopted our cat in early December, who Christine decided to name “Anberlin”, of all things.

In with the New:
Peter Bradley Adams (as a solo artist – appears previously with Eastmountainsouth)
Sean Watkins (as a solo artist – appears elsewhere with Nickel Creek and Fiction Family)

Out with the Old:
He Is Legend
Ron Sexsmith
The Violet Burning

It Was Worth a Try:
Chris Thile (as a solo artist – appears elsewhere with Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers)

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Divad’s Soundtrack #43: March-April 2003

The funny thing about dreams becoming reality is that suddenly, you have these annoying reminders of real life mixed into your dreams. This is sort of what Christine’s move to California in April 2003 ended up being like – awesome to have her there, somewhat harsh to switch so suddenly from the “vacation mode” most of our relationship had been spent in to the nitty gritty of finding her a place to rent, a job, some sense of normalcy. The full weight of it wouldn’t set it until that summer, so the last half of April was mostly time to simply enjoy seeing each other every day after so many months of being apart. But something felt a bit “off” even during those first few days back together that I couldn’t quite place.

In with the New:
Wilco
Jason Mraz
Derek Webb (as a solo artist – appears previously with Caedmon’s Call)

Out with the Old:
Phil Joel (as a solo artist – appears later with Newsboys)
The Benjamin Gate
Jeremy Camp

It Was Worth a Try:
Something Corporate

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Divad’s Soundtrack #34: September-October 2001

Lots of turmoil and fear were packed into these few months – not just for me, but for a lot of Americans. There would be no clever plans, no “getting away from it all” – no options other than faith to get me through uncertain times. Yet, the common fears that many of us shared were probably what made it seem more natural for folks to find reassurance in baring their souls to one another, so it was easier during this segment of my life to be more of an “extrovert” and hit the ground running in a lot of new friendships. These were the first few months in which I truly got involved in the new church I’d been attending for the better part of the year. Some of the people I met and shared my hurts and fears with in those days are still good friends now, almost a decade later.

In with the New:
Tool
Nickel Creek

Out with the Old:
Polarboy
Circadian Rhythm
LaRue

It Was Worth a Try:
LFO

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Divad’s Soundtrack #28: September-October 2000

Summer turned into fall, and with my girlfriend back on campus, so was I, living out what seemed like the best of both worlds at the time – working a steady job that paid well, but still reaping the benefits of campus life and fooling people into thinking I hadn’t graduated yet.

In with the New:
Nichole Nordeman

Out with the Old:
Riley Armstrong

It Was Worth a Try:
Fanmail

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Divad’s Soundtrack #3: January-March 1995

Here’s what I was listening to in early 1995, leading into my final semester of high school. These songs were my motivation as I prepared for AP tests, badminton matches, and rejection from a cute girl or two.

In with the New:
Audio Adrenaline
PfR
Sierra
Steve Taylor
Crystal Lewis
Charlie Peacock
The Kry

Out with the Old:
Greg Long (as a solo artist – appears later with Avalon)

It Was Worth a Try:
Bob Carlisle
Carman
David Mullen
Guardian
John Schlitt
Whiteheart

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Divad’s Soundtrack #1: April-August 1994

I figured I might as well start with the beginning, embarrassing as it may be. My interest in music was first sparked in 1994, mostly due to influence from my Mom, who wanted me to have some music relevant to my own age group to listen to rather than just borrowing her worship tapes all the time, and my youth pastor Carol Ann, who was trying to get us all into Christian music. Looking back, a lot of this early stuff is pretty cheesy – some even painfully so – but it’s all an important step in the journey to the comparably less cheesy music collection that I have today. Before this point, I had resisted modern styles of music; maybe it was a fear of what was “hip” among my peers because I didn’t want to be “worldly” like that. But if I was honest with myself, I’d hear a lot of tunes on the radio, or on episodes of the New Mickey Mouse Club (a show I was pretty obsessed with during the early 90’s) that I found to be pretty catchy. It would be a while before I finally allowed myself to admit I liked any mainstream music, but Christian pop and rock seemed like a safe enough place to start. And with that, here’s the first installment. (You can click on the thumbnail images of the covers I designed to see them full-size.)

I figured I might as well start with the beginning, embarrassing as it may be. My interest in music was first sparked in 1994, mostly due to influence from my Mom, who wanted me to have some music relevant to my own age group to listen to rather than just borrowing her worship tapes all the time, and my youth pastor Carol Ann, who was trying to get us all into Christian music. Looking back, a lot of this early stuff is pretty cheesy – some even painfully so – but it’s all an important step in the journey to the comparably less cheesy music collection that I have today. Before this point, I had resisted modern styles of music; maybe it was a fear of what was “hip” among my peers because I didn’t want to be “worldly” like that. But if I was honest with myself, I’d hear a lot of tunes on the radio, or on episodes of the New Mickey Mouse Club (a show I was pretty obsessed with during the early 90’s) that I found to be pretty catchy. It would be a while before I finally allowed myself to admit I liked any mainstream music, but Christian pop and rock seemed like a safe enough place to start. And with that, here’s the first installment. (You can click on the thumbnail images of the covers I designed to see them full-size.)

In with the New:
East to West
Billy Sprague
Out of the Grey
Dakoda Motor Co.
Geoff Moore & the Distance
dc Talk
Pam Thum
DeGarmo & Key
Michael Sweet
Michael W. Smith
Susan Ashton
Point of Grace
Tamplin
4Him

It Was Worth a Try:
Angelo & Veronica
Al Denson
Straight Company
Dallas Holm

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